Posts Tagged ‘Iraq War’

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Just as quick add-on to yesterday’s post about the Cheney/Rumsfeld regime’s torture programs and their psychological role in provoking so much of the modern radicalism and terrorism coming from the Middle East, there is another angle to this subject I wanted to touch on.

The interesting thing about torture – aside from its ineffectiveness in information-gathering – is that it is, conversely, regarded as highly effective in a completely different regard: as a form of mind control or psychological conditioning. (more…)

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That is to say, aside from the obvious links in motivation and (alleged) ideology and the fact that the shootings occur amid the toxic conditions being generated by both the BLM movement on one hand and the police’s unlawful killings of citizens on the other.

No, the link I’m referring to is that both the Dallas shooter, Micah Johnson, and the Baton Rouge shooter, Gavin Long, have both served in the Iraq War. (more…)

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As today will see the official release of the Chilcot Report into Tony Blair’s and the British government’s role in the Iraq War, I am re-posting here two older articles that are perhaps particularly relevant in that context. (more…)

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‘Staggering’ is how the UN has described the depth and nature of civilian suffering in post-war Iraq; citing over 18,000 civilians having been killed in the space of just this last year-and-a-half.
According to the report, conducted by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, an approximate 3.2 million people have also been displaced internally over this same period of time.

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There’s inevitably a lot of coverage over Tony Blair finally ‘apologizing’ (to a point) for the Iraq War.
“I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” he said in his interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. “I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime…”

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I happened to notice that a week or so ago was the 10th anniversary of the death of the Labour MP and former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.
An apparently fit and healthy Mr Cook died in 2005 while walking on a remote Scottish mountainside, at the age of 59, and – according to the official statements – from a heart attack. Something tells me that the Chilcot Inquiry, whenever it eventually does emerge, will probably make no mention of Mr Cook’s death.

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Behold, the International Terrorist Organisation Known as the ‘SAS‘ and ‘Special Forces’.
That’s right; the brave, elite soldiers doing what they do best – dressing up as Arabs and waging war in the Middle East. Some people may be surprised by that statement; others won’t. But there is a very dubious history of the SAS/Special Forces involvement in that part of the world; a few examples of which will be highlighted in this post.

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As has been feared for weeks now, ISIS/ISIL members are reported to have begun to destroy historic sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra.
The ISIS/ISIL fighters defeated the Syrian Army and took control of the historic city last month. I was watching this story closely and dreading that news. Because, while any town or city taken by the extremist militants is bad news, the 2,000 year-old city of Palmyra – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is now in very real danger of having its historic sites wrecked by the Philistine jihadists.
The cultural destruction in Syria, however, follows the cultural and archaeological destruction in Iraq, not just by the jihadists but by the US-led invasion of 2003.

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“We are fighting devils, not ordinary people.” That was what an Iraqi police captain told Reuters after fleeing from ISIS’s invasion of Tikrit, the home town of Saddam Hussein.
A few weeks ago ISIS made a formal declaration that would’ve sent shivers down the spine of anyone with a reasonable knowledge of Islam and Islamic history;  according to ISIS’s “chief spokesman” Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the intent of ISIS is the “Restoration of the Caliphate”.

Adnani said all jihadist organisations must now offer up their support to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been declared “Caliph” of the new state. What does that mean? It means now in essence that the The Islamic State (IS), has declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the spiritual leader of all Islam. (more…)